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Podcast I am hearing: Rich Roll Podcast with Adam Grant Grant, an organizational psychologist, just launched his new book Think Again in which he discusses how to recognize when we need to relearn and further develop our ideas. Especially in a time period in which seeing both sides of an argument is critical I believe his message is extremely important. In this episode he talks about how many people share their ideas using three different mindsets; the "preacher", the "politician" and the "prosecutor".  When we act like the "preacher" we are so convicted on the topic we are discussing that we lose the ability to be flexible in our arguments.  When attempting to influence others as the "politician" we change our story based upon what we believe the person in front of us would like us to hear.  Lastly, as the "prosecutor" we are more concerned about making our argument right and the other person's wrong.  Ultimately, each of these personas are faulty and lead to a lack of fully understanding a topic.  For more detail of this concept and a bunch more nuggets give this one a listen! Exercise accessory I am using: Mr. Zog's Original Surf Wax As I mentioned to you guys a couple of weeks ago my eldest son has gotten into surfing.  As someone who has never gotten involved in this sport I am eager to learn how to do it myself.  This week, we added a couple of layers of surf wax onto our foam surfboard in order to improve the grip of our feet to the board.  Wow!  Huge difference!  In order to find out how to apply the wax correctly I watch this YouTube video.  Make sure to purchase wax that will match the temperature of the water you intend on surfing in.  As a side note, I absolutely love the smell of the wax.  It takes me right to the beach every time I breath it in! Quote I am repeating: "I see myself as a lighthouse.  If I live my life well, equip myself as an athlete, ensure that I am excelling intellectually, mentally and emotionally I act more like a magnet. A tractor beam that will bring the receptive audience to me." ~Rich Roll on the Adam Grant Episode mentioned previously.  Before this quote in the episode, Roll explains that he does not see himself as the "preacher", the "politician" or the "prosecutor".  He mentions how each of these roles seem to create

Strategy I am utilizing: How To Think About Work by Dan Sullivan Have you ever felt for a short period of time that everything was going your way?  Things were peaceful, rewarding and productive.  Then something happened and everything became difficult, scary and frustrating.  Have you ever wondered what the heck happened?  If you are nodding your head "yes", then take a look at this concept that was presented by Dan Sullivan in regards to the process of doing work.  Sullivan believes that work comes in three stages; rest, planning and action.  When you effectively cycle through these stages and then start over it will allow you to have a continuous feeling of enjoying your work.  If however, you spend too much time in one of these, or maybe you skip one all together, then say goodbye to your sense of inner peace.  Sullivan talks about how in our modern world we skip the steps of rest and planning and focus constantly on action which leads to burn out and lowered quality work.  If you are looking to accomplish something important, identify each of these steps in your journey and then enjoy the process! Audiobook I am hearing: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle After reading Tolle's other bestseller "A New Earth" about one year ago and being profoundly influenced, I decided to dive into this audiobook this week.  The overarching theme discussed is how most people identify with their mind and thoughts.  This erroneous identification leads to often living in the past or living in the future.  Unfortunately, this means we are rarely present.  This lack of presence causes us to label just about everything and justify our behaviors.  All of these layers of thoughts color our experiences and lead us away from the magnificence of the present moment.  Through clever analogies and answering common questions from people he has worked with in person, Tolle has created a very user friendly, albeit challenging, guide to raising your consciousness. Quote I am loving: "Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only one: the one you are taking right now." ~ Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now I believe that a strong spiritual foundation is the bedrock to creating a great life.  Although we may strive for innumerable goals in our personal and professional lives, as Tolle says, there is only one goal when it comes to improving your awareness, to become

Treatment and recovery device I am using: Hypervolt  Last week I began using this device on myself as well as for treatment of our patients in the office.  Hypervolt is a percussion based massage gun that offers three different speeds and four different heads for different parts of the body.  I decided on this brand due to its ability to remain relatively quiet while in use.  I also felt like the product was built with durability in mind as I am hoping to get a lot of usage out of it.  So far I have really enjoyed using it on my calves and achilles after bike rides, traps and shoulders after swims and quads and lower back after running.  I have enjoyed using it because it is something that you can use on yourself and only requires a second set of hands for harder to reach parts of the body.  There are multiple price levels of this device but I went with the one for $349.  If you want to give it a shot it will be available for you to try out at Aligned Life! Audiobook I am hearing: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy If you are looking to get back on your habits after petering out on your new year's resolutions this may be the perfect read for you.  "The Compound Effect" refers to the use of small but significant behaviors, repeated over time in order to create a massive difference in your outcomes.  This book is short, very simple to understand, has a number of clever analogies and makes a compelling case for a number of different behavior categories including health, wealth building, relationships, goal accomplishment and more.  The best part is that this book I believe comes free with your subscription to Audible! Quote I am repeating: "Small Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE" ~ Darren Hardy in The Compound Effect This is the equation used by Hardy that helps to illustrate "The Compound Effect".  This week, think about what area of your life you would like to improve.  If you are having trouble thinking of one, think about someone you admire.  Next, identify the behaviors they use regularly and what it would look like if you implemented the same strategy.  Then take action, do it regularly and commit to the long haul.  The key factor in this equation is "Time".  Stay patient, as many of these small behaviors require years,

App I am using: Strava I might be the last person in the endurance world to sign up for this app, but I finally decided it was time to start tracking my training efforts.  With metrics for all the other important areas of my life in place, exercise seems to be the next appropriate category to track regularly.  Strava is an application that allows you to track swimming, biking, running and a number of other endurance sessions.  The best part is that many other apps (including Zwift, my bike training app) will automatically upload the data to Strava automatically.  Strava is also a community that allows you to see (if you have access) other athletes training regiments which can be really inspiring and interesting. Take a look and see if it is something that would help you reach your movement goals for 2021! Exercise equipment I am wearing: Oakley Aro5 Bicycle Helmet When is the last time you checked the manufacturer date on your bicycle helmet?  For me, this weekend, I discovered my helmet was made in June of 2009.  Ugh.  Did you know that helmets should be thrown out every 5 to 10 years according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission?  While standing and chatting with a friend after my bike ride on Saturday I was casually inspecting my helmet when, without much force, a huge piece broke off the front.  This could have been catastrophic if it took place during a crash.  In order to replace the helmet in preparation for next weekends ride I went online to and found a great deal.  Please inspect and update your equipment regularly if needed! Quote I am pondering: "Journaling is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time." ~Mina Murray This week I picked back up my journaling daily habit.  I have been using the Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday for the past two years and highly recommend it.  If you are looking for a way to tap into creating a deeper relationship with yourself.  This has been the best tool I have ever used. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC